AleSmith Grand Cru Ale - AleSmith Brewing Company
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Reviews by DoubleJ:
3.23/5 rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
On-tap at 38 Degrees, another beer that nearly got away. On to the beer:
Looks dark amber with a translucent look. Small amounts of lace are dotted around the glass as the beer is consumed. The nose says GRAPE! More specifically, dark grape. Somewhat medicinal too.
Isn't it funny how I think of medicinal and dark grape in the nose, yet in the taste, it reminds me a lot of children's chewable grape pills. I remember liking the flavor of those pills, and while I'll admit to still liking that taste somewhat, it isn't the most optimal note to taste in a Belgian-style ale. Cocoa notes are a distant second. The alcohol shows only a fraction of itself. The medium heavy, chalky mouthfeel is the best characteristic of the beer.
AleSmith does a lot of things that I like, but the Grand Cru isn't one of them. A beer with this kind of monotonicity needs a really good flavor to carry the weight, but in here, while tolerable, isn't enough.
Serving type: on-tap
06-16-2011 04:53:59 | More by DoubleJ
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